At the same time, mobile developers face a fragmented market landscape in which they have to support multiple platforms and devices — a daunting challenge for smaller studios which have limited engineering resources.
PhoneGap’s maker Nitobi recently launched a premium, paid version of its service called PhoneGap Build last year, which has extra proprietary code for third-party developers and costs anywhere from $12 to $90 per month. This is the part that Adobe says will complement its other offerings in Flash development as more mobile developers migrate away from the technology to HTML5.
PhoneGap’s original code is being donated to the Apache Foundation where it will still be open-source under the name of CallBack. Nitobi says PhoneGap’s framework has been downloaded more than 600,000 times and it supports a number of apps like IGN’s game check-in app Dominate. We’re not aware of any high-profile gaming clients though as the bigger developers tend to focus on native apps with a more seamless user experience.
PhoneGap’s code will still be open source as it will be donated to the Apache Foundation under the name CallBack. After the acquisition presumably closes next month, Nitobi’s Vancouver-based team will join Adobe. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.